Clear and refreshing. At least for some of us in the world. More than one BILLION people do not have access to clean water. God has answered the questions I was having in this post (click to read). At Passion, He made it obvious that He has burdened me with this water problem. “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” A child dies every 15 seconds from a water-related illness. I was so moved by the water station at the Go Center: basically a huge, creative display of everything God is doing to heal the world and how we can be a part of it. There’s so much hurt, but God is Healer. We’ve got to worship Him through justice and join Him in this movement. I thought I was strong, but…man, carrying that 30 lb water jug for 1/8th of a mile was incredibly difficult. I was out of breath and I couldn’t feel my arms. And children walk several miles every day just to get dirty water that gives them diseases and barely provides for the family’s needs. That’s just plain ridiculous. Don’t take water for granted.
Check out the causes: http://268generation.com/blog/2011/01/ Be prepared for a challenge. http://www.dosomethingnow.com/
We should be thirsty for it since it quenches all thirst. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” -John 7:38. Through family-related discussion, I realized that the water burden I have is so much more than just physical water. My family needs to be hit with a tsunami of Living Water.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how pride is truly the root of many of our sins/problems, especially after reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Greed, selfishness, self-image, wanting to be needed, etc. I take pride in this blog; I take a blow to my pride if I am too conscious of what other people think of me. As he said, “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” Don’t get me wrong…it’s not easy, but I’m learning. If you’re aware of it, it changes your outlook on how you approach situations and how you react. You think you don’t have this problem? Maybe think about what that says about how you see yourself. Been there done that. “If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.” As John Piper asked us, “Are you at the bottom of your joys or is God?”
It also gets you closer to the goal of giving all your thoughts to Christ. It’s natural for us to think about ourselves all the time. That’s the challenge. Even when we are doing good, we think of how it benefits us. Real-life example: “I was thinking, if he gets hit, I can’t go to work. It’s Sunday. I can’t miss out. It’s a time and a half day,” –Carlos Flores, a New Yorker who, in order to prevent a train delay, jumped onto subway tracks to save a man who had fainted. (Time magazine)
I like to think of it this way. When there’s a little foreign contaminant in my glass of water, I either try to ignore it or try to fish it out in an unsterile manner (namely my hands). The easiest way to get that little speck out is to pour the glass out and get some new water. Okay, now pretend that glass of water is your heart. You begin to notice that “little” something holding you back (let’s say pride), and you try to fix it yourself, but you simply can’t do it yourself. Hopefully you get my analogy. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it” -Matthew 16:25. We have to empty ourselves and become truly humble so that Living Water can make us clean. We need help. Our glasses will be crystal-clear and we can reflect His light better!
So, what are you thirsty for?